Larsen explains training difficulties

PSL Lockdown News

The lockdown in the country has forced Absa Premiership side Polokwane City to send home all members of their squad for a period of at least 21 days.

This comes after a day President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that a national lockdown of 21 days would be imposed from Friday morning until April 16 as coronavirus figures keep rising.

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On Tuesday the Department of Health revealed that the number of known infected persons has increased to 554, up by 152 new cases since Monday.

Maritzburg United also confirmed the closure of their clubhouse today.

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"We will have a meeting tomorrow so that we can release the players," Rise and Shine head coach Clinton Larsen tells

"Yeah, for 21 days. We trained up to Friday [last week] and then they've been off for the weekend but after yesterday's announcement we didn't go back, so we will meet tomorrow.

"It's going to be difficult for every team because you don't have that rhythm of training together you know. Training individually is not the same.

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"You will probably see a lot of teams rush to get back because they have not had a lot of time to train together. So ja, it's going to affect everybody the same you know.

"The important thing now is just for the players to be professional, follow their programme and come back in a good condition so that we can complete the league whenever we are going to."

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Larsen was asked how he is going to monitor that his players follow their training programmes.

"Ja well that, they do fitness tests when they come back. So the ones who don't pass the fitness test, they will be punished. It happens. At most teams we do that."